Friday, October 02, 2009

Remembering a Miracle

Four months from now, we'll celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the "Miracle on Ice."

Veteran Olympic watchers will remember when the United States team, composed of a motley group of amateur and college players defeated the Soviet Union team, the best hockey team in the world, in the 1980 Winter Olympics.

Sports Illustrated named that win the greatest sports moment of the 20th century.

Sportscaster Al Michaels called the game for ABC, and his words that day are now sports history: “ Eleven seconds, you've got ten seconds, the countdown going on right now! Morrow [defenseman], up to Silk [right wing]. Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles? YES! ”

That call led to the nickname of "The Miracle on Ice."

I mention that today because of a video I just saw on Yahoo.

In 2004, Walt Disney released a film titled Miracle. It starred Kurt Russell as the team's coach, Herb Brooks. Go here to watch the video clip of Brooks' motivational speech to his dispirited team.

After you've watched that speech, go here to watch a four-year-old recreate the speech. It's precious.

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